By Amir Mir
Libor Kozak has stated that he is “focused” on winning back his starting spot with Aston Villa despite manager Steve Bruce saying he will leave in January.
Bruce had previously told supporters that the 27-year-old striker will leave when the transfer window opens next month and that a move away from Villa Park is “inevitable”.
However, the injury-prone forward, speaking to Italian outlet Lazio Press seemed adamant that his time in the Midlands is far from finished.
Kozak, who suffered a broken leg in January 2014, missing more than a year of action stated that the “worst is over” and he is now concentrating on helping his club do well.
This is what Bruce had to say about Kozak’s future three days ago:
“Certainly Kozak needs to go and play somewhere. He’s been fit for the last four or five weeks. He scored twice in the under-23s at Stoke on Saturday,” Bruce told the Birmingham Mail.
“To be fair to the boy, he’s just got himself back training and fit. It’s been a disaster and maybe a change of scenery for him is probably inevitable.
“He needs to go and play football so if we could get a home for him to go and play football, that would probably be good.”
The Cech Republic international signed for Villa during the summer of 2013, when then-claret and blue boss Paul Lambert purchased the target-man for £7 million from Italian side Lazio.
However, his three years at Villa Park have been a nightmare to date as constant injuries and setbacks have seen him make only 22 appearances in all competitions.
Kozak has scored four goals during that time, with his last goal for the club coming against Stoke in the Premier League in 2013.
This season he has made two appearances for the Championship giants, last featuring in August against Derby and Bristol City respectively.
Since Bruce’s arrival he has failed to appear for the senior side, but he has scored five goals in four games for the under-23 side this term.
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